Complete your undergraduate degree with modest or no loan debt for tuition.
You’re confident that college is within your reach, and you’ve worked hard to prepare academically. You know that earning a college degree is an important factor in realizing your potential and improving your career opportunities. Still, you’re not sure about the steps to get there or how to pay for your education.
Lesley University’s Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) was created to help talented and dedicated students like you fulfill their dream of completing a college degree. More than just a scholarship, USI provides mentoring support that begins when you apply and continues throughout your four years and beyond. Whatever you need, whether it’s learning to manage your time, navigating college life, or receiving tutoring help, the USI program helps you find it.
You will complete your undergraduate degree with modest or no loan debt for tuition. Through career-oriented internships in Greater Boston (required for all Lesley undergraduates), you will have significant opportunities for meaningful employment in a degree-related field or an opportunity to attend graduate school, upon completion of an undergraduate degree.
Organizations participating in this partnership include Bottom Line, Breakthrough Greater Boston, College Career Fund of Westchester, Inc., Let's Get Ready, Stepping Stone Academy, Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers, and KIPP Academy.
1. In order to be considered, an urban high school graduate must have participated in and be recommended by an approved collaborating organization.
2. Recommended students seeking admission to Lesley University must demonstrate financial need by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
3. Students wishing to participate in the Urban Scholars Initiative at Lesley University must meet all of the University’s criteria for admission, including an appropriate level of high school academic achievement and an acceptable SAT or ACT score.
4. Once admitted to the University and enrolled in classes, USI students must remain in academic good standing and make satisfactory progress toward degree completion in order to remain eligible for the USI scholarship and any other related scholarships.
"The program is empowering. It’s about managing yourself as an adult, but with someone always there to assist and guide you."
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Internships provide you with off-campus opportunities in your field of interest. This is your opportunity to put into practice the skills and theories you will learn in the classroom. Learn more